Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is needed for cell membrane integrity and cholesterol metabolism, it may also be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, cancers, and cataracts.
Vitamin E deficiency is rare and leads to the symptoms of muscle pain, muscle weakness, anemia, peripheral neuropathy, loss of vibratory sense, and loss of arm and leg coordination.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it must be consumed with fat in order to be absorbed.
Vitamin E is naturally found in nuts, seeds, peanuts, whole grains, beans, lentils, meat, fish, eggs, and plant oils. As a fat-soluble vitamin, Vitamin E can be destroyed by being oxidized when exposed to varying levels of oxygen, light, and heat.
Vitamin E is stored in the body and it is possible to over supplement. Higher intake has been associated with nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, and impaired blood coagulation. Self-supplementation is NOT recommended.
* This information is not intended to encourage self-supplementation. As you will read in individual nutrient content, self-supplementation can be unnecessary or even dangerous. I highly recommend micro-nutrient blood testing before choosing to take any supplements that are not whole-foods based.
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Linda Beeker, RDN
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